People, Places & Events

    Realtors honored for Habitat support
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Seventeen local Realtors were recently honored for their support of Cedar Creek Habitat for Humanity with a luncheon at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. W. R. Starkey Mortgage company and the Habitat board co-sponsored the event.
Kristen Carlson thanked the Realtors for participating in Starkey’s program of support for local non-profits.
When a real estate loan closes with their company, W. R. Starkey donates $250 to a non-profit in that community.
The Realtors honored generated $6,250 for the Cedar Creek Habitat for Humanity program in 2006.
Fifteen Realtors from Johnson/Monroe Realtors led the way.
They included Sandra Ayers, Becky Ayers, Jan Austin, Shelly Brown, Billy Jo Duke, Stan Fernald, Debbie French, Jason Hardy, Joe Hill, Mary and Gary McClaskey, Laura McFaul, Peggy Price, Donna Sadler, Sue Stalcup and Carol Walther.
McAtee Realty was respresented by Chuck and Glenda Harley.

Honky tonk country at Gater’s
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Kevin Fowler is a fan’s artist, and it is not uncommon to see clubs all over Texas packed to the rafters with people singing the words to every song.
He and his band will perform Saturday, Feb. 24, at Gater’s Sports Bar and Grill in Gun Barrel City. The address is 623 S. Gun Barrel Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Tickets are on sale for $20 for ages 21 and older.
Known for such hits as “Beer, Bait and Ammo,” “The Lord Loves the Drinkin’ Man,” and his most recent contribution “Loose, Loud and Crazy,” Fowler understands what it means to be both real and raw.
His new single, “What I Wouldn’t Give For Your Love’ is a tongue-in-cheek reflection of what might normally be given up for love. One might expect a romantic ballad, but the upbeat tempo and lighthearted satire of the song prove otherwise.
“This is a fun song that I think our fan base will really enjoy,” says Fowler. “It’s lightheartedness further demonstrates my inability to be too serious.”
Born in Amarillo, Fowler’s father shaped his love for country music and provided him with piano lessons which established a foundation in music.
After 20 years in Amarillo, Fowler decided it was time to get serious about music, He and his guitar moved to Los Angeles where he attended the Guitar Institute of Technology.
He returned to Texas soon after and settled in Austin, where he joined the hard rock band “Dangerous Toys.”
Following this eye-opening stint, he formed his own Southern hard rock band “Thunderfoot.”
Not being able to shake his West Texas roots, he gave up hard rock for country.
He put together a country band in 1998, and began playing Tuesday nights at “Babe’s” on Sixth Street in Austin.
Within two years he had begun recording albums and struck it big with his self-released “Beer, Bait and Ammo.”
He returned with “High on the Hog,” which had some impressive guests, including Willie Nelson and David Lee Garza.
For more information call, (903) 880-9960.

Third annual appraisal fair set for March 10
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Cedar Creek Civic League is sponsoring the third annual Antique Appraisal Fair from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 10.
This year’s fair will be held at First United Methodist Church, 501 South Third Street, Mabank.
Last year’s appraisal fair was a success, and Don Cowan and Sam Webb have agreed to come back again for this year’s event.
These professional appraisers make the sharing of their knowledge both entertaining and educational for the audience.
This is an audience-interactive appraisal program and a chance to receive relevant information and oral appraisals of heirlooms and flea market finds alike.
Cowan is an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers and owner of New England Antiques and Interiors in Dallas.
Webb is the owner of SWA Antiques in Carrollton, and at one time owned a gallery in Washington, D.C.
They have worked together for years to provide nationwide appraisals and estate liquidation services.
Cowan is a columnist for Antique Prime Magazine and regularly teaches college courses on antiques and collectibles.
Webb lectures on glassware and porcelains of Europe and America.
The appraisers’ expertise welcomes a wide variety of items for appraisal and discussion.
Furniture, glassware, costume jewelry, textiles, etc. are all welcome, although no coins, stamps, gemstones or firearms and weapons of any kind will be accepted.
For the $25 admission fee, participants will receive professional oral appraisals on two items.
Additional items can be appraised for an additional fee of $8.
For those who just want to be entertained, but have nothing to be appraised, admission of $10 will be charged at the door.
Tickets will be available from Civic League members, at Main Place Cinema and various other merchants.
This is the only fund-raiser held by the Cedar Creek Civic League, and all profits help support the League’s many beneficiaries, including both area libraries, HeadStart, Special Olympics and the NeoNatal Unit at East Texas Medical Center in Athens.
For further information, contact Janice Ellis at or (903) 451-5100, or Teddie Harpole at or (903) 887-0188.

Family history fair slated
Special to The Monitor
TYLER–Want to find your ancestors but don’t know how to start?
Come to the seventh annual Family History Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1617 Shiloh Road, Tyler, and we’ll teach you how.
The fair is sponsored by Tyler Family History Center, East Texas Genealogical Society and Longview Family History Center.
Free registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Handouts for all classes will be offered on CD at a cost of $2 to those who request a copy prior to the seminar.
If you wish to reserve a CD, please call Beverly Odom at (903) 539-4172. Pick up your reserved CD at registration.
John Sellers will be our keynote speaker. A genealogical researcher since 1985, he is a graduate of Samford University advanced methodology course.
A speaker at NGS and FGS Conferences, Sellers has also been a featured speaker at more than 50 all-day seminars in many states.
The topics of his discussions will be “Making Sense of the Internet Census Searching,” which will include both paid and free sites, and “Dusty Books and Musty Rooms,” a general overview of courthouse research, etiquette and procedures.
Free lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon classes are scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. and will be offered at beginning, intermediate and advanced research levels.
Classes on PAF 5 genealogy software (available as a free download at will be held. “Sourcing Your Data,” “Multimedia,” “Tombstone Photo Preparation,” and “Civil War Records” will also be discussed.
For further information or transportation, please call Laura Mikulecky at (903) -489-3319.


Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
ABOVE–My name is Bodey. I am a beautiful 2-3 year old male, brindle and white Boxer. I walk well on a leash and seem to really adore children. As of Feb. 13 I am now fixed and current on my shots. I was a stray brought in by animal control, so I have no history. I am a beautiful boy looking for my forever home.
ABOVE–My name is Nugget. I am the cutest little male Dachshund mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. So far I am a very sweet young man. As of Feb. 13 I am fixed and current on my shots. I am a beautiful boy looking for my forever home.
ABOVE–My name is Brutus. I am a beautiful, male Red Heeler. I am very shy until I get to know you. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I walk well on a leash and seem to be very sweet. I am looking for my forever home.
ABOVE–My name is Reese. I am a very beautiful, female Red Heeler mix. I am 12-14 weeks old. I am a beautiful kid who needs a lovely family to start my life with. I would make a wonderful pet for children since I am still such a kid myself. I am looking for my forever home.

Pictured are just a few animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals. The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesdays. Holiday Hours: Closed Dec. 30-31 and Jan. 1.